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This week marks the release of The Heavy by Dara-Lynn Weiss, known popularly on the Web as “that horrible fat-shaming mother with the Vogue essay”. Weiss sent shockwaves of ire throughout the Internet last year when Vogue published her personal essay about dealing with her daughter Bea’s obesity in light of her own complicated feelings about food.  The essay, “Weight Watcher” was roundly criticized upon its publication. Internet commenters accused Weiss of humiliating her daughter and shamelessly cashing in on her condition.

Cute bracelets made from recycled metal and money that goes to a good cause? What's not to love! That's what Jessica Mindich, a former lawyer from New Jersey, was thinking when she started Jewelry for a Cause, a company that believes "purchasing jewelry could be guilt-free, even an act of philanthropy."  Having designed jewelry to increase awareness for Alzheimers and the shortage of drinking water in developing nations, this mother of two is now using her design talents to raise awareness for gun violence.

In response to mounting pressure from activists and everyday citizens alike, the White House has finally begun to explore ways to strengthen gun control in America. And as if the mere fact of that isn’t good news enough, the solutions under consideration are executive orders that would not require the backing or cooperation of our immovable Congress. After Vice President Joe Biden met with the NRA last week, it became abundantly clear that the White House would receive no support from the group with regard to improving gun control legislation in the United States.

How to beat the mid-workday slump in one easy step: watch this kid rock out on the xylophone like there's no tomorrow. I don't even know what's cuter—the impassioned enthusiasm of this little one's performance or that adorable sailor outfit. (Seriously, I want that outfit. I will search on Etsy all day if I have to.) May we all pummel our Tuesday morning anxieties and hang-ups with the ferocity that this kid pummels that crap out of those keys.

Birth Story is a compelling documentary that tells the story of Ina May Gaskin and her husband Stephen, who began a flourishing farming commune in Tennessee in the 1970s. “The Farm” began when Stephen, a spiritual leader and orator, was asked to go on a speaking tour around the U.S. The couple’s friends and fans of Stephen’s speeches asked to join them on the tour. Ina began teaching herself how to deliver on the tour when the pregnant women riding with them went into labor.

If you, like so many of here at BUST, are a great big fan of Downton Abbey, you're likely to have daydreamed at least once about how awesome it would be if your life were more like this excellent BBC drama. If you've ever lusted after one of Lady Mary's gowns or wondered about the etiquette behind all those carefully-placed little dinner spoons, check out this article on Buzzfeed. You'll find some fantastic suggestions for how you might go about throwing a Downton Abbey-style dinner party.

Here's a hilarious yet horrifying (hilarifying?) twist in the saga of Republican politicians vs. rape culture rhetoric. The anti-abortion group the Susan B. Anthony list is launching a new training program to help Republican lawmakers and elected officials talk about rape without inciting frustration (and projectile vomiting) in the American public.  The GOP hopes that this measure will stop its representatives from spewing misinformed and polarizing nonsense about sexual abuse, but I mean...let’s be real.

Artist Jen Ray presents a fantasy world full of strong warrior-women in her newly released book, Ain’t We Got Fun. With 80 pages full of powerful heroines—who are often depicted in battle—the hardcover volume is eye candy in book form. Gorgeous and saturated with color, each piece is a tribute to the Goddesses of Ray’s imagination. They are sexy but not sexualized, and proudly rule their battlefield landscapes together and as individuals.

It turns out that Portlandia star Fred Armisen has an excellent Ira Glass impression in his arsenal of celebrity impersonations. Armisen delivered his best Ira Glass act on Glass's own NPR show, This American Life. The impression is also featured in a web exclusive out from NBC. Armisen's portrayal of Glass was scripted into a "Weekend Update" segment on SNL, but nixed after the audience didn't find it funny enough. Be sure to check out the video, as well as the prologue from their episode of This American Life.

Here we go again. Another republican has put his foot in his mouth about what qualifies as rape. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia, while trying to explain his colleagues’ beliefs about rape, came out sounding just as ignorant and incoherent as the others. At a recent chamber of commerce breakfast, Gingrey, not just a congressman but the co-chair of the GOP Doctors Caucus, tried explaining fellow republican Todd Akin’s remarks about legitimate versus illegitimate rape.
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